August 1, 2016

The New York Times profiles immunology research and the discovery made by Dr. Jim Allison during his tenure at the UC Berkeley.


July 28, 2016

Most cancer drugs are designed to halt cell growth, the hallmark of cancer, and one popular target is the pathway that controls the production of a cell’s thousands of proteins. UC Berkeley researchers have now found a promising new drug target within that pathway that is appealing, in part, because it appears to control production of only a few percent of the body’s many proteins, those critical to regulating the growth and proliferation of cells.

July 27, 2016

IST is revamping the server infrastructure underpinning our departmental shared drives. This will cause a brief downtime of up to 3 hours when the L&S data is migrated. The change is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, 8/11 at 6:30 PM. Please let us know if this will cause any problems by emailing
Effective this Thursday, July 28, around 9 AM, LSIT will move from Footprints to UC Berkeley’s instance of ServiceNow for Incident Tickets and Basic Service Requests.

July 25, 2016

Forty-nine Golden Bears will be heading to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics, including 41 athletes that span 15 different sports, and a pair of head coaches. Yvette Kong, Will Dean, Camille Cheng, Chris Oeding, and David Torrence are a few of the many participants who graduated from the College of Letters and Science at Cal.

July 22, 2016

Scientists have come up empty-handed in their latest effort to find elusive dark matter, the plentiful stuff that helps galaxies like ours form.

A new comparison of the gut microbiomes of humans, chimps (our closest ancestor), bonobos and gorillas shows that the evolution of two of the major families of bacteria in these apes’ guts exactly parallels the evolution of their hosts.

UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley researchers have mapped out how the Zika virus infects the developing fetus, and have found an antibiotic that blocks these routes of infection, at least in human tissue culture and placental explants.

July 20, 2016

Cal swimmer Rachael Acker added to her long list of accomplishments Wednesday when she was named the Pac-12's 2015-16 Woman of the Year, becoming the first Golden Bear to receive the honor in the 11-year history of the award. As a result, Acker is the conference's candidate for NCAA Woman of the Year. An accomplished student-athlete in the pool, in the classroom and in the community, Acker graduated this past May with her degree in French.

July 12, 2016

UC Berkeley paleontologists have identified distinctive features of primate teeth that allow them to track the evolution of our ape and monkey ancestors, shedding light on a mysterious increase in monkey species that occurred during a period of climate change 8 million years ago.

The video simulation covers 700,000 years, and is based on computer code created by UC Berkeley astrophysicist Richard Klein to capture the effects of radiation, magnetic fields, gravity and other physical phenomena and paint a realistic portrait of star formation.

July 7, 2016

Josh Prenot is the latest Cal Bear to qualify for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio after breaking the national record for the 200-meter breaststroke at the U.S. Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska.

Octopuses, squid and other cephalopods are colorblind – their eyes see only black and white – but their weirdly shaped pupils may allow them to detect color and mimic the colors of their background, according to a father/son team of researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University.

July 6, 2016

More than 14,400 high school students have been offered admission to UC Berkeley’s 2016-17 freshman class, and the group includes 1,000 more California residents than last year’s admitted class.

June 30, 2016

“This is a key step toward the goal of a public earthquake early-warning system for the entire state,” said Richard Allen, director of the Berkeley Seismological Laboratory at UC Berkeley and one of the lead researchers on the project. “This funding will enable us to add more sensors to the seismic networks, making the warnings faster and enabling the system to reach more users.”

Hundreds of researchers, medical professionals and industry leaders gathered together in Washington, D.C. Wednesday for a summit on the “cancer moonshot,” a program spearheaded by Vice President Joe Biden with ties to critical innovations happening at UC Berkeley.

June 29, 2016

After 52 years at UC Berkeley, Paul Licht is retiring as director of the UC Botanical Garden — but it remains to be seen whether he is gone for good. It’s not the first time he’s retired from an appointment at Berkeley. In 2002, Licht ended his term as chair of deans in the College of Letters and Science, an oversight role similar in some capacities to what the campus provost now does. His plan was to volunteer at the Botanical Garden. Instead, something else was in store for him.

June 28, 2016

Diane Shaver Clemens, professor emerita of history at University of California, Berkeley, passed on May 18, 2016. Born in Cincinnati in 1936, she received an M.A. at the University of Cincinnati in 1960 and her Ph.D. from University of California, Santa Barbara in 1966.

June 27, 2016

New images obtained by the Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a “dark vortex” in the atmosphere of Neptune, a rare type of feature that can persist for years. This vortex, the first to be observed on Neptune in the 21st century, was first seen in September 2015 by the HST.